Tory leader to visit hospital

CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron is to get a first-hand view of the problems at Ipswich Hospital during a visit to Heath Road on Thursday.The opposition leader will visit the cash-strapped hospital as part of a two-day tour of East Anglia.

CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron is to get a first-hand view of the problems at Ipswich Hospital during a visit to Heath Road on Thursday.

The opposition leader will visit the cash-strapped hospital as part of a two-day tour of East Anglia.

He is expected to meet hospital managers, doctors, nurses and patients to try to find out why the hospital's finances are in such a difficult situation.

Mr Cameron's visit will come during a series of events in East Anglia on Thursday and Friday.

He is expected to be briefed on the problems facing the hospital by Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer and South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo, both of whom have spoken of their concern about proposals to axe hundreds of jobs including those of specialist nurses.

During the visit Mr Cameron is expected to give some details of how the Conservatives would try to ease the funding pressures on hospitals like Ipswich which are being forced to pay back large debts that have been built up over recent years.

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Before his visit he was also hearing about The Evening Star's Save Our Angels campaign - his office has asked for copies of recent Star articles to be sent to him so he can know the strength of feeling about the hospital among those who rely on Ipswich Hospital for their health care.

The exact schedule of his visit is not expected to be published until Thursday morning, but he is expected to spend some time there so he can hear from as many people as possible about the problems it is facing.